Pro Life groups reject Minister Chris Fearne’s verbal clarification regarding Abortion Amendment
The Inti Tista’ Ssalvani coalition led by the Life Network Foundation, Doctors for Life and
I See Life reject the Health Minister’s comments reported in the media yesterday. Minister
Chris Fearne stated that the wording of the amendment will be changed to shut down
concerns that abortion will be legalised.
Minster Fearne stated, “We will clarify that if a child can be born and live independently,
that child should be protected, be birthed and live,” implying that the Government will
introduce a viability criteria, which is usually 24 weeks (about 5 and a half months) from
This change to the amendment seems to highlight that the Government wishes to legalise
abortion up to 24 weeks (about 5 and a half months), while only leaving late term abortions
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